Part of what drew me to start a professional organizing company is not only helping others but a true understanding of how our environment really can impact us in every aspect of our lives. A little about my background…I have a Master’s degree in physical therapy and for over a decade I saw, through the home health setting, how a client’s environment affects them in many ways on a day to day basis. Not only does it negatively affect them, many cannot fix it or don’t know where to start. Here are some ways that a cluttered and unorganized home can cause trouble for you and your family.
- Clutter makes it difficult to physically move around our homes especially for those that already have medical or mobility problems.
- Clutter makes it difficult to clean your home on a regular basis.
- We get frustrated and run behind because we cannot find things we need; we waste much time looking for items in our homes.
- We spend more money and buy multiples of things we already have but cannot find.
- Many medical research studies show a high correlation between chaotic/ cluttered environment and feelings of anxiety, depression, overwhelm and negative cycles of thinking. Clutter does not just affect us physically but mentally as well.
- An unorganized environment has actually been shown to increase stress and cortisol levels and long term this actually takes a toll on our overall health.
- Imagine these same things with a cluttered work space. At work, a cluttered environment causes increased frustration, poor focus, inefficiency, and stress.
I tell you these things to motivate and to help educate. An organized space is much more than aesthetics. Here are a few organizing tips to get going in your home.
- Take one room, one space at a time; Baby steps add up to big things! Did you know that just 15 minutes a day adds up to 7.5 hours in a 30-day period?
- Start by getting rid of things you no longer need; this creates less to manage and more space for the things you use daily.
- Group similar items together so you can find what you are looking for.
- Store items in places/ rooms where you use them most.
- Utilize bins, containers, and organizing supplies to help keep items grouped together and create added space.
I hope this information helps you view your home and your environment differently. Whether you organize your home or have help, the time and money spent getting your home organized is an investment that will make your life easier and less stressful going forward! An organized home is a happier and healthier home.
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